Crime and Punishment in the Elizabethan Era In the Elizabethan Era there was a lot of punishments for the crimes that people did. There were some punishments that people can live through, and there were some punishments that could lead people to death. During this time people just could not kill somebody and just go to prison, you will go down in painful and sometimes slow death.
Was there ever a time when people did not go against the law? The Elizabethan Era is one of the most known periods of the English history. Known for its great success in change and discovery. It is also remembered for its violent and brutal times. A subject that many people are interested in from this era is the crime and punishment. After many books and research on Elizabethan crime, punishment, and people, researchers discovered that the crime and punishment during the era was certainly not ordinary and sometimes far from human.
All in all, the Elizabethan Era had endless cruel and rare punishments for the different criminals in both the upper and lower classes. Everyday was filled with countless crimes resulting in terrifying punishments. The most inhuman acts were performed in this time period. It was not a time to make any mistakes because there was no forgiveness, no one will ever understand the minds of the tortures in the
The document “Crime and Punishment in the Elizabethan Era” also points out that the law was flexible and could be applied differently based on the situation. When a person was convicted of treason, they were not always executed immediately. Some were inhumanely tortured for more information to see if they were working with others, despite the obvious lack of morality in doing this, it worked. However, on the other hand, the Elizabethan Law did have at least some moral sense to it as people some were spared from torture, and even execution in certain circumstances. When pregnant women were sentenced to death they could be spared for their the lives of their unborn children.
Did you know that for stealing a purse you could have your limbs torn off?During the Elizabethan period, there would be crimes committed followed by punishments. These crimes are most not like the crimes today. Some include stole purses, begging, and poaching. Now you're probably wondering, what such crimes must those be? Money wasn't much easy to get back then so people tried to steal and be able to feed their families.
In Jeff Jacoby’s “Bring Back Flogging,” he compares the punishments for crimes in the 17th Century to the punishments for crimes in the present. Jacoby suggests in his essay that “the Puritans were more enlightened than we think, at least on the subject of punishment. Their sanctions were humiliating and painful, but quick and cheap.” Jacoby makes a good argument to bring back an old punishment policy. He points out that “a humiliating and painful paddling can be applied to the rear end of a crook for a lot less than $30,000 (per year).”
This essay will mention some of the crimes and punishments; it will also explain the differences between the medieval times and the modern times. Crime Crimes for people to commit in the Medieval times was easier for people to commit than. Most of the crimes were very so unnecessary that even lighting a fire can cause big times. Some of the crimes committed in the Medieval times were Theft which means to steal something from another person, Arson which means to light fire in public, Witchcraft means to practise magic such as black magic and a use of spells, Heresay/blasphemy means disrespect towards god because in the Medieval times they looked up to god a lot and they would make big discussions by asking god in a way people would not know. Treason which is traitor to the crown (king), Vagrancy means homelessness which in the medieval times was very common for people that work or the king such as peasants.
Crucifixion was the capital punishment during ancient times (Roman Empire). Overtime, slaves gained limited legal protection. During the Hadrian Era, it was believed that a master should not hold the power of life and death over a slave (Roman Empire). An owner that killed his slave without just cause was considered a murderer, as they should have been. Overtime, a slave could even complain of mistreatment and appear in court to appeal against his
While we prefer life in jail, they preferred death. To conclude, a significant extent of the nature of crime and punishment changed between social classes and over the years since the Medieval Period. This is seen through the significant groups that were involved in medieval crime and punishment, the effects of a person’s social class on crime and punishment, the sort of crime each punishment was used for and the difference between crime and punishments between the Medieval Period and today. The Medieval Period lasted from 476 CE to 1453 CE, with different punishments for each crime committed by different social
(Chamberline) The Elizabethan Era was a time of accusations. People believed certain procedures were curing people when in fact they were killing them. (Ramsey) They also blamed mysterious acts they could not explain on innocent people, creating a handful of superstitions we know and use today.
The more common penal sanctions were fines, whipping, and the socks. The punishments varied from prison to prison. Some better than others and some worse. At a certain point the punishments become torture. From waterboarding to electrocution, the prisoners were disciplined.
"Medieval Punishment and Torture" by Stephen Curry is a terse and informational book that teaches the reader various punishments used on criminals, or suspected criminals, to kill the person or to get a confession. I enjoyed reading about how many brigands were tortured to get a confession, regardless if they were a spurious one. Many impoverished citizens had to turn to larceny because they had to pilfer to get food for their families. I learned that most major medieval punishments are arbitrary, slapdash, and ghastly. An example of a punishment stated by the author in the book is a beheading; death would be instant as long as the victim was unflinching.
The Colonial punishments were always public to humiliate other slaves. Punishments for violation of laws ranged up to 20 lashes. Black slaves were singled out for punishment by whipping if they broke street lamps. Colonist had tremendous controls over the slaves. The punishments were cruel and cold-blooded even for a small mistake.